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Katrina and the Waves

By ATWadmin On July 10th, 2007 at 7:52 am

I don’t believe it!  Victor Meldrew would be beside himself.  I am talking about the analogous reference to Hurricane Katrina in an article concerning the recent floods in South Yorkshire.  This is the third time this week I heard or seen comparisons being made with Katrina: a classic example of our contemporary inability to cope with the slightest aberration to our dreary weather patterns.

How many people have perished as a result of the Yorkshire floods?  Five?  Six?  How many houses have been damaged?  OK, it may run into several hundred properties but by no stretch of the imagination should the damage be compared to what struck the United States two years ago.  1,800 people lost their lives; 80% of the city of New Orleans was under water and devastation was wreaked over a 100-mile radius from the eye of the storm.  I am considerably less than 100 miles from either Sheffield or Hull and none of the houses near me have roofs protruding from stagnant reservoirs of polluted water.

I have raged against the propensity of the British people to take a comparatively minor meteorological freak and turn it into a banner headline of cataclysmic connotations.  It’s about time we had some perspective on our weather in this country.

A Blanc Page

By ATWadmin On July 10th, 2007 at 7:17 am

Today I want to pay tribute to one of my favourite figures in the film industry on the 18th anniversary of his death.  I am referring to the great Mel Blanc who died on the 10th July 1989 at the age of 81.  Born into a Jewish family in San Francisco, Blanc grew up in Portland, Oregon and was generally not seen as the most academically gifted child at school.  One of the complaints his teachers identified was the way he would always launch into a variety of different voices whenever he became distracted or bored in the classroom.  Of course this amazing ability to diversify vocalisation became the talent by which millions across the world came to know him.

At the age of 16 he landed a role as a voice actor on a local radio station before taking up a similar role on America’s famous Jack Benny programme.  He would go on to front his own show on CBS and make frequent appearances with Abbott and Costello before his real breakthrough in a thirty-year plus career with Warner Brothers and Hanna-Barbera .  Some of our very best cartoon characters came to life thanks to Blanc: Bugs Bunny, Foghorn Leghorn, Porky Pig and Speedy Gonzalez.  He also provided the voice for Barney Rubble in The Flintstones for all but a few episodes (following a bad car crash in 1961, the Rubble voice was provided on a temporary basis by Daws Butler). 

Bugs and his pals continue to be appreciated by millions of people across this world.  Cartoons are where we go to forget the madness and badness of everyday life.  Thanks to Blanc, our enjoyment of these characters will still be as strong in 2089 as they were when he was alive.  I only hope he is continuing to make ‘em laugh on the Other Side.

Mel Blanc's gravesite marker.

Today’s Chinese Proverb – 10.07.07

By ATWadmin On July 10th, 2007 at 7:16 am

‘Half a truth engenders a new lie.’


UK INDEPENDENCE PARTY LEADER – Nigel Farage – Exclusive ATW Interview!

By ATWadmin On July 9th, 2007 at 10:59 pm

                                Dear ATW Readers,

nigelfarage.jpgHere is the audio of the promised Nigel Farage interview. I must apologise for the delay in posting this but it looks as if the tape stock used to shoot the video may be corrupt, so tragically you will have to settle for audio rather than shots of my beateous countenance instead. The interview audio is hosted here thanks to the technical help of our Alison.

On a personal note, I would like to thank Nigel very much for taking the time for ATW at the very end of an exhausting day, bearing in mind he had flown in from Brussels that afternoon then driven down from Gatwick, made a twenty-minute speech without notes, met and greeted 140 local UKIP members and then sat down to give this interview. Also of special mention is local UKIP man Neil, who was minding his own business in the main hall and suddenly found himself behind the camera filming the party leader, all at his first ever political meeting!

Just to clear any questions on the subject up, I am not currently a member of UKIP, though I have been in the past, running the Parliamentary campaign for Christchurch in 2005 and once being Constituency Chairman for a while. I left UKIP because I felt that the party had frittered away the huge opportunity granted to it by the 2004 European Elections, and because I felt it was rendering itself unelectable due to a refusal to provide a true full range of policies.

There are many people on this site who are fed up to the back teeth with the Tories but don’t trust the BNP, or feel that UKIP are a one-issue Party as I did when I left. So give us your views on what ATW’s first political interviewee has to say to what were almost all your questions (I did add one or two of my own, but after all I’m a reader too :).


Bang To Rights

By ATWadmin On July 9th, 2007 at 9:04 pm

This article by one of those nasty Climate Change denier types is a must read. He appears to travel around his immediate environs checking out, amongst other things, the areas where the temperature sensors which measure the suppsoedly drastic increases in our temperatures are placed.

Oh my. Well, there’s a reason why he entitles the article ‘How Not To Measure Temperature’. This sensitive piece of electronic equipment which feeds into supposedly infallible temperature models which organisations such as the US Government uses to promote evidence of Climate Change is situated slap bang above and between a very large batch of exhaust vents, aircon exhaust ports and in the midst of a group of buildings which generate even more heat.

Its almost as if someone deliberately sited the sensor to give a wildly skewed temperature reading. Who’d imagine such a thing?

Oh and by the way. I did miss out one thing. The article is actually called ‘How Not To Measure Temperature’ Part 17. Go read some of the other instalments, and spread the word so you can drive up the numbers who arent buying the environmental snake oil any more.


By ATWadmin On July 9th, 2007 at 3:39 pm

_42479842_bragetty203.gifSo what do you make of the news that the new high priests of this 21st century, the scientists, say that fat from the tummy or bottom could be used to grow new breasts in a treatment which could be carried out in an hour – or a lunch break?

Scientists say they can create a fat mixture with concentrated stem cells, which, when injected into the breast, apparently encourages tissue to grow. The therapy, detailed in Chemistry and Industry Magazine, could help cancer patients who have had mastectomies. And if licensed, it may rival silicone for those seeking bigger breasts. Using fat from the patient’s own body to rebuild other areas is not a novel idea, but such reconstructions often fail as the fat is simply reabsorbed. However using fat-derived stem cells appears to overcome this problem, according to the company behind the procedure, Cytori Therapeutics.

It all sounds too good to be true. I’m sure those women who have had a mastectomy might find this sort of thing to be very encouraging but does this sort of thing just raise false hope? You’ve got to admit that the concept of using tummy fat to grow larger breasts is novel but what sort of people dream these things up? Seems to be that they have wayyyyy to much time on their hands! And I suppose if they don’t get mass business they might end up going bust!!


By ATWadmin On July 9th, 2007 at 3:15 pm

Some newspaper headlines do make me smile ;-) Take this front page exclusive from this evening’s Belfast Telegraph  "Terror networks operating in Ulster!"

LOL – I should think so. Loads of ‘em!

In fairness to the BT, they are highlighting the fact that the Religion of Pieces has at least two terror cells here in Northern Ireland.  A "risk map" has been drawn up plotting the main bases for radical cells across the UK, totalling up to 3,000 members. Northern Ireland is reputed to have at least two of the networks, containing around 30 people, although the biggest threat comes from the Midlands in England, where 80 groups have been identified. Members are not all involved in plotting attacks but can become quickly radicalised, according to experts. It comes amid claims that international groups are exploiting weaknesses in laws that allow them to come to the UK as students.

Given our local proclivity for putting terrorists into Government and then pretending that this is a good thing, I suppose it is only a matter of time until Sheikh Rattle and Roll and his self exploding pals will have a delegate or two lecturing us from the vantage of the Stormont Assembly!

Toilet Humour

By ATWadmin On July 9th, 2007 at 3:14 pm

Alastair Campbell, Blair’s former spin doctor, has revealed in his ‘diaries’ – published this very day – that Gordon Brown once managed get himself locked in a public lavatory.  Apparently he called on Blair to free him from his sanitational incarceration.  What an appropriate tale, especially when you consider Britain has been going down the toilet since these two came to power 10 long years ago!

Un-tram-melled Minds

By ATWadmin On July 9th, 2007 at 11:46 am

How nice for the residents of Edinburgh that work on the city’s new tram system has begun.  When completed the network will extend from Ocean Terminal in Leith to the city centre and thence to the airport.  Originally the separatists at Holyrood campaigned against the scheme and made their opposition to the proposed tram a central plank of their manifesto.  Now they are in government – with all that lovely English cash to spend – they have undergone a Damascene conversion.

I’ve nothing against Edinburgh getting a tram; I like trams.  What ever-so-slightly annoys me is the position of the now-Chancellor Alastair Darling – a Scottish MP representing a Scottish constituency (Edinburgh Central, actually!).  When he was Transport Secretary he decided to take the axe to the tram systems planned for Leeds and Liverpool: two cities substantially larger than Edinburgh and, in the case of Leeds, a massively expanding local economy to contend with.  As a result Leeds is today the largest city in the European Union without its own rapid transit system. 

There you have it, folks!  A Scot decides to wield the axe on a transport system for two English cities – even though transport for Scotland is a devolved matter.  He now has the potential to reap votes from the creation of a tram system in his own Scottish backyard.  Heaven forefend I be suggesting that the Scots get preferential treatment!!

we decide who is able!

By ATWadmin On July 9th, 2007 at 11:36 am

 Utah pensioner and Orem City resident Betty Perry, 70, wondered why the police car stopped outside her home, but was not a little surprised when the cop commenced upbraiding her for having a “Sadly neglected and dying lawn”, and stated that she was in contravention of local regulations and city ordinances. He required her to state her name and so identify herself but the pensioner attempted to turn away in order to call her son to help sort things out.

The cop then hit her across the face with his handcuffs, claiming that the elderly lady tried to resist arrest. She denied resisting arrest, and was taken to hospital for treatment before being briefly detained; but was released very soon afterwards as the cops decided they could use other means of identification.

My point in posting this quirky story, although in truth it was possibly not so quirky for the pensioner concerned, was to highlight the truth that this could never happen in this United Kingdom. I mean, there’s far too much rain to allow a lawn to die out, and you’d just never see a policeman around anyway, on foot, moped, bike, three-wheeler or car! In Britain, this type of task is strictly reserved for the probability of some nosey-parker Council scumbag coming sloping around saying “that grass isn’t cut to a uniform height,” or “You are not holding the handlebars in the approved manner”, or some other stupid crass and pig-ignorant statement which would only illuminate that he (or she) has the power, and they aren’t afraid to use it!

The same power which they are at present using as a blunt instrument to forcibly separate children from parents who are “suspected” of abuse. These kids are then the subject of a Secret Court hearing, whose deliberations cannot be revealed upon pain of imprisonment, and those same “Abused” kids are the the subject of a ‘quickie’ adoption, from which the parents never can break free, as the children are then stated to be “Settled”.

Many Council Social Workers adopt the same procedures in order to protect, not the unfortunate children but themselves; the scum, as another writer once remarked, always floats to the top!